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Here we go! Get ready for some real silliness.

A couple of months ago I was basically GIVEN what was described as an old Cobra kit car that sits too high. Of course I couldn't say no....




I did a little research and found it to be an old McCutchen Cobra replica...50 were built from 1979-1983, and this is reportedly chassis #2. It already had engine/trans mounts for a SBC, as well as a C3 Corvette IRS and a Mustang II front end. (No pics of the front suspension-it's ugly, scary, poorly welded and going away)

 

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The moment it got dropped off I gave it what it badly needed. The rear wheels and tires are basically brand-new M/T "I" compound L60-15s that have been in my living room for 20 years. The fronts, a perfect pair of original Pro-Tracs on some old Weld Pro Stars that were given to me and were serving as office decoration. I know the fronts aren't period correct, but there's something to be said for literally cheaper than dirt. ;)

Net cost so far...$0.00

 

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Well, it seems you have a great start, and cost wise your really in the lead. I have a Cobra body outside that a customer has been contemplating a gasser build. Hopes, if so we can share notes, or if ya start yours first I can dangle the picture in front of
Him as a ( see I told ya so ) :D thanks for posting.
 

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Never build a car hoping to please everyone you won’t!! built it to please U there are no rules in building.. It's a beautiful car and should be a lot of fun. "Bring King Cobra on"! I will be Watching!!! and won't be my last.
 

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Got a name for it already. Painted on a curve "GaSSSSSSSSSSSrrr!! But you don't have to use it, LOL. I'm glad you started the project thread. It'll be great watching it all come together. This will be one to watch. Love it. This will make two sports car builds along with Marios MG. Great things come in small packages. Hey, if you or Mario ever need a trailer. I can fit at least one of yours in my trunk, LOL.

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Heheh. I'm still working on a name...but I want to get some logos with a cobra holding the Corvette flags!

Here's why...an old friend of mine came up with this for me...a 327 pulled as a runner from a 1965 Corvette years ago, a lumpy old solid-lifter cam with the matching lifters, and a Mallory YL dual-point distributor! I owe him $250 for all this. :cool:


A few days later, I unloaded a few leftover parts from another customer's build on CL, and parlayed the cash into a brand-new Weiand tunnel ram. I actually made $50 on the deal. Net cost so far: $200.00
 

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Alright! Now let's get up to date and to the fun pics.

Carbs and linkage for the tunnel ram came straight off of my old Doug Nash Pontiac intake I've had for years. (LOOK Mark!)


At this point, I just couldn't wait another moment to mock it up. In the back of my home garage is (was) a TH350 with zero miles, the spare for my stock car. It all slipped right in...more or less...


Here's where I couldn't stop giggling for the rest of the afternoon. No turning back now!


Even better with velocity stacks! Total cost so far: still $200.00
 

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Ok time for my worthless opinion,lol. Front end needs raised way up, ohhhhhh yeah and atleast you're powering it properly. Gigglin !! Watching you're build and by the way.....welcome to the jungle !!!
 

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That'll get you plenty of smiles per mile! Yep, once you've got the old scary suspension out, and straight axle is definitely a good addition!
 

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Yes!!! The front end needs to come up a few inches FOR SURE. In fact, I stumbled across this site while researching front leaf spring options...so there you go!
 

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Slodrive---must--- have---Doug----Nash----Tunnel----Ram----must---have---mus----ha---Beep. Wow. That looks like the early magnesium manifolds. The only thing that stops me from crying when I see you with that is the fact that my motor is so HOT!!!! the magnesium would just spark and incinerate itself. Now don't argue with me because this is a coping mechanism, LOL.

P.S. Now on closer examination it looks more like aluminum with that corrosion on it. But I'm not changing my above story because it would not be silly with out the magnesium.

Are you setting on any other old Pontiac memorabilia? Last year I found a '59 Pontiac 389 on Craigslist with '61 first year Super Duty heads on it. I paid $250 for the complete motor and sold the heads for $1500, the clutch and bellhousing for $250, the block for $250, and I still have the early 4 barrel cast intake to sell and it had blown a rod at some time in it's life. The broken rod was replaced by one of the '63 good SD rods that I still have.

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I think that's about the coolest Pontiac part I have Mark. It's just an alum....never mind, I'll let you keep your coping mechanism in place, haha! I've never had any SD/RA stuff, even in my Judge. Just old junk and every kind of Edelbrock intake you can imagine.
I miss my old Pontiacs! Don't get me all sentimental or I might start working on them too...and then NOTHING will get done!

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Small steps, small steps my son. Just send me all your Pontiac stuff and I'll relieve you of any temptation.

Markus O'Ponchous
 

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Small update. I'm about to bite the bullet and start ordering parts for a straight axle...so it's weighing time. Guess what it weighs as it sits, with the engine, TH350 (no converter yet), radiator and current Mustang II/Corvette suspension...
 

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Wow, pretty sweet build. Should be fun.

Hmmmm...I'm guessing 1150#. A "low side" guess. Wishful thinking
 

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I have seen a Cobra kit car being built so I have a good IDEA what holds them all together. A pretty simple design.

My Opel weighed 1785 lbs from the factory. Pretty light weight for a station wagon. Even so the pounds add up when light weight cars are fitted with a V8 drivetrain - full frame or tube chassis instead of a unibody - roll bar/cage etc

I'd guess the Cobra weighs around 1500 lbs so far.
 

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Heheh. It weighed almost 1400# before I even dropped the engine/trans in! This car's got a pretty beefy frame and thick 'glass compared to some other kits I've seen.

We're right at about 1900# now, but the good news is that 53% of that's on the rear wheels. Looks like I'll be getting the 1000# leaf springs!
 

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Here are just a handful of photos of Mini-Gassers, based on sports car bodies, that I'm using for inspiration for my MGA Gasser project. Maybe they'll do the same for you. Hope so, your project is just SO Cool ! !

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/TeamEvil/library/Mini-Gassers?sort=3&page=1

I'm a bit inept with Photobucket, so there are duplicates and different size photos of the same cars. Sorry, still learning, and at MY age . . . !
 
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